Pastor – Reverend Ted Miller
Pastor Ted Miller is now in his 29th year of serving churches in the North Georgia Annual Conference. He has served churches throughout Georgia to include Roscoe, Washington, Grovetown, Warrenton, Cumming, and now here in Milledgeville. He received his BA degree in music education from the University of Alabama, but taught band for only three years. He then began a 12 year career in music retail, managing music stores in Tuscaloosa; Columbus, Mississippi; and Atlanta. After experiencing a call into the ministry, he attended Candler School of Theology on the campus of Emory University, enabled to do so through a Sherman Scholarship. His great “off the job” pursuits are swimming and percussion. He was the tympanist for the Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band in Cumming, Georgia, for 13 years. He is married to Pat, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Little Known Fact – During his time selling musical instruments for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in Atlanta, he won a sales competition by selling more ex-30’s (portable keyboard) than any other sales person in the Baldwin owned retail stores across the country.
Lay Leader – Flo Douglas
Flo is a life-long United Methodist. She came to Hopewell as the director of music in 2006 and relished nine years serving in that position. She is now honored to serve as the Lay Leader, seeking to have an understanding of Hopewell and its congregation and its vision, and helping the church live out it’s God-given mission of being a beacon on this hill. Flo and Curt are grateful to be a part of the Hopewell family and to worship and serve here. We encourage others to join us in this special place.
It might surprise you to know that Flo has an associate’s degree in architectural drafting.
Lay Member of the Annual Conference – Jeanene Vinson
Jeanene was born in Americus, Georgia, where there were three girls. When the baby was six months old, Mother and the girls moved to Stevens Pottery, Georgia, to be near family. Jeanene graduated from Peabody High School in 1955. In August of 1956 she moved her church letter to Hopewell United Methodist Church. On September 23, 1956, she married the love of her life, Alvin, at Hopewell. A job at J. P. Stevens & Company, Inc., starting on January 2, 1956, began a 39 year career as a secretary that included time there, as well as at First Presbyterian Church, and Elliot’s TV, Microwave and Computers. She retired from Chambers Cleaners at the age of 75. She has three daughters, two by birth and one taken in as a teenager whom she had known most of her life. She came to Jeanene needing a safe place to be. There are now six grandchildren on earth and one in heaven and ten great-grandchildren. Most people do not know that her first name is Betty.
Music Director – Alan Mitchell
Alan Mitchell was born in Manchester, Georgia. He studied piano and played in the band from an early age, playing saxophone and clarinet. At age 16, Alan made a commitment to full-time Christian service while at Youth Camp at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly in North Carolina. Already the student director of his high school band, he was called to be the music director at Northside Baptist Church in Manchester during his junior and senior years in high school. He attended Mercer University in Macon, majoring in Sociology and music, with voice, conducting, and organ concentrations. At Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, he received his formal training in Theology and Religious Education, and later received his master’s degree at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Alan has served churches as minister of music and youth in Georgia, Texas, and Alabama, including the First Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, for 12 years. In 1991, Alan experienced a calling into the Pastoral ministry. During the next 24 years, Alan served as full-time Senior Pastor of three churches until his retirement in 2015. In March of 2015, Hopewell United Methodist Church asked Alan to be the music director. He accepted the position, and has served in that capacity since that time. You may be surprised to know Alan has played pop and jazz dinner music each week for the Macon Exchange Club for over 25 years.
Pianist – Becky Cooper
Becky Cooper was born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Military College High School and then from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Accounting and Management. She also graduated from Georgia College with a Master of Business Administration degree. She is employed at a local bank.
Becky has attended Hopewell United Methodist Church since “before she was born.” She grew up in Sunday School and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF). She has been a member of the Adult I Sunday School class since she was in college. She has even been in the same Sunday School class with her parents and grandparents.
Becky received her piano for Christmas when she was eight years old and in the third grade. She started taking piano lessons two days after she received her piano and has continued taking lessons until she graduated from high school. She started playing the clarinet when she was in the fifth grade and also played until she graduated from high school.
Becky served as Hopewell’s pianist from 1995 until 1998 and then played for the morning and evening worship services, the children’s choir, and the adult choir. She became interim pianist in May 2017. She assumed the role of Hopewell’s pianist in October 2017.
A few interesting facts about Becky: Her great-great-grandfather, Constantine Banner Anderson, was one of the founding ministers of Hopewell United Methodist Church. Becky has a 29-year perfect Sunday School attendance pin. Her perfect attendance began when she was eight years old and continued until the Sunday before she married Anthony.
Financial Services – Julie Lavender
Julie was born and raised in Laurens County in the small town of Dudley. She moved to Milledgeville in 1982 and attended Georgia College where she received her BBA in Marketing. Julie first worked for Philip Morris, Inc., for ten years as a Territory Sales Manager before opening up L & L Farm Mart, a local feed and seed store. She owned and operated this business for 14 years. After selling the store, Julie went to work at Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and her current position is Records Clerk. She’s been employed their for five years and counting.
Julie met and married a local guy, Greg, in 1986 and has been married for 32 years. They have one daughter, Logan. In her spare time she enjoys working outside and planting flowers, spending time with family and friends, and especially playing with her dogs . . . and there’s lots of them!!!!